NADH - Natural Energy Booster.

NADH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) is a co-enzyme form of B3 (niacin) and it can be synthesized from tryptophan or from taking Niacinamide (form of B3). It occurs in every single cell and increases overall energy production found in all living cells: plants, animals and humans. Together with CoQ10  it plays a role in Krebs’s cycle  to produce energy. During this process NHDA combines with hydrogen to produce the energy molecule – ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which stores and releases energy when body needs it.

Electron Transport Chain


Few reasons to supplements with NADH.

  • It supports immune system and DNA repair for proper production of cellular energy.
  • NADH improves cognitive capability and memory and is useful for depression, because it enhances brain cell energy. One study showed the improvement in patients with depression who took 5-10mg of NADH a day. It is potentially useful for neurological disorders such as Parkinson or Alzheimer’s diseases. However, only studies that has been done on mice were successful so far.
  • The more NADH a body has the more energy it can produce. Just like CoQ10, NHDA declines with age. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study of NADH use in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) confirmed that majority of patients responded well to 10mg of NADH daily.
  • NADH improves the efficiency of liver enzyme functions.
  • Studies have shown that NADH enhances athletic performance and helps to prolong maximum intensity exercise. Studies on cyclists have shown increased oxygen capacity and improved reaction times after one month of taking 5mg NADH per day.
  • It is useful for emphysema and other lungs and bronchial diseases to restore energy production to damages cells in the lungs. NADH is also a component of a pharmaceutical drug Isoniazid, used for treatment of tuberculosis.

It is best taken in doses of 5-10mg a day, first thing in the morning (about 30 minutes before breakfast). No interference has been noticed between taking NADH and other drugs, but it’s always best to consult with doctor before taking supplements with medicines.

It is more popular in US than in Europe and produced by US supplement companies such as Now, Source Naturals, FSC, AOR, LEF, etc. When buying this supplement, make sure that it is enteric coated, since NADH is easily destroyed by digestive acids. Enteric coating is not suitable for vegans.



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